Rebels Win Three Events At Bulldog Invite|
April 23, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team registered 16 top-eight finishes at Fresno State's Bulldog Invitational Saturday. Cortney Miller was the top collegian in the hammer throw (192-07/58.69m), while her teammate Ayana Gales captured the program's fifth-best all-time performance mark in the long jump at the one-day meet held at Buchanan High School's Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Scarlet & Gray got its first-place performances from Miller in the hammer throw (192-07/58.69m), Rebecca Hobby in the 3000m steeplechase (11:08.11) and the 4x100m relay foursome (45.12) of Asia Cooper, Destiny Smith-Barnett, Ayana Gales and Drea Austin.
After capturing her season-best distance of 19-11.75 (6.09m) at the UC Riverside Invitational earlier this season, Gales placed her name in the record book with a second-place finish in the long jump (20-9.75/6.34m). She also finished seventh (11.92: personal-best) in the 100m.
"I was very proud of these young women this weekend," said head coach Yvonne Wade. "They competed well and had some breakthroughs and are going into the remainder of the season with confidence. We still have work to do but they are getting it done!"
Seven other members of the team also ran personal-best times in distance races with Jordan Smith (12.35) in the 100m, Auzsane Crowe-Carter (56.96) and Micayla Coquia (57.95) in the 400m, Lindy Eskin (5:01.60) in the 1500m, Amari Norris (13.88, tied personal-best) in the 100m hurdles, Joniece Ervin (13.94) in the 100m hurdles, and Summer Crawley (1:05.44) in the 400m hurdles.
Also finishing strong in the track events were Cooper (11.81, third) in the 100m, Mandy Chitwood (56.61, third) in the 400m.
The Rebels got some strong performances in the field events from Stella Clemens, Myshauna Alexander and Kyra Day. Clemens finished fifth in the shot put (40-0.5/12.20m), while Alexander (148-2/45.16m) and Day (144-7/44.07m) were seventh and 10th in the hammer, respectively.
The Rebels return to the Golden State next weekend for the Steve Scott Invitational hosted by UC Irvine at Anteater Stadium (Apr 29-30).